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"Worst Pertussis Outbreak in County in Five Years"

On Health

Almost three dozen Adams Elementary School students are staying home from school due to an outbreak of whooping cough.

The Register Guard reports that Adams is one of eight schools in Eugene and Springfield to experience whooping cough outbreaks this spring. On Tuesday, Lane County health officials contacted 35 Adams’ families to let them know their children are not allowed on campus during the outbreak because they don’t meet immunization requirements against the highly contagious respiratory disease.

Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis tells the Guard that “it’s been the worst pertussis season in five years in the county and that ‘we are absolutely not out of the clear yet.’”

So far, the county has investigated 142 whooping cough cases. Positive lab tests have been returned in 108 of those. Usually, 20 confirmed cases are reported in the county in a typical year.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.